It's understandable if members of the Buffalo Bills did a little celebration dance in private Wednesday.
The possibility of not having to face New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Week Four of the upcoming season went up when his request for a hearing with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was denied.
That means barring a last-minute Hail Mary, Brady will be suspended for the first four weeks of the season.
Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, however, wasn't in the mood to celebrate during an appearance Wednesday on NFL Network's Total Access.
"I hate that Brady's not going to be there," he told hosts Lindsay Rhodes and Willie McGinest. "When he come back ... it's on."
McGinest, a former Patriot, then asked Dareus if a win against a Brady-less New England team would be "a little less valued."
"Yeah. I mean, we win, all right, we win, but I don't feel like I really won until we beat the guy," Dareus said. "I love playing against Brady. I get up for him. I've been playing against him every year. He knows I'm coming.
"So for him not to be out there just kind of tears me up a little bit, but the second time I see him, like, we going to be excited to play against him. That's the win we want."
Earlier in the interview, McGinest asked Dareus when the Bills would put an end to New England's run of dominance in the AFC East.
"We going to put it together," Dareus said. :We've got to get a game plan, see what they going to do. We're going to go out there and strap it on just like they will. They've got to show us. We going to knock 'em off. I'm not scared about it at all. I can't wait to play 'em."
At the start of the interview, Rhodes asked Dareus what happened in Year One under Rex Ryan.
"Hey, just growing pains," he said." Just kind of getting used to the system. Just try to make it happen. Buy into it. Learn exactly what he wants us to do."
Other topics Dareus touched on during the interview included:
– The impact of Rob Ryan on the defense: "Man, the defensive backs. It seems like he specialized with them guys, because their communication was so much better than it was last year. That's one big reason" why Rex Ryan said the team "won" the offseason "because you can just see the energy from them guys back there. They're just pumped to be out there. They're excited, they know what's going on. They know how to talk to each other. They've got the signals down. And Rob brings that energy ... for them guys to want to be out there, to want to know what's going on, so I can't wait to see what he's got for us."
– On the team's draft class, and General Manager Doug Whaley saying some of the picks would start "right off the bus:" "I mean, I'm excited about anybody we bring in. I'm just a team player. Hey, come on, show me what you got. I don't know what you can do until you show me. I'm not sold on any rookie until they hit the field.
"Our GM did a pretty good job putting the team together. We going to roll out there with one of the best teams on paper. We've just got to put it together and be able to communicate. Once we get that down, there's no telling where we can go."